Astros Designate Nelson Figueroa For Assignment

The Astros designated Nelson Figueroa for assignment according to's Brian McTaggart (on Twitter). Houston called up Sergio Escalona in a corresponding move.

Figueroa made the Astros' rotation out of Spring Training, but has since been demoted to the bullpen. After a two-inning outing tonight in which he allowed a run and five baserunners, Figueroa has a season ERA of 8.69 with 16 walks, 45 hits allowed and 17 strikeouts. Last year he posted a 3.22 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 in 67 innings as a swingman.

If the 36-year-old right-hander gets picked up off of waivers, it will the fourth time he has been claimed in his nine-year career. Just last year, the Phillies selected Figueroa off of waivers from the Mets and the Astros nabbed him from the Phillies.

9 Responses to Astros Designate Nelson Figueroa For Assignment Leave a Reply

  1. Was hoping Lyles but guess im rushing that.

    • jatorres 4 years ago

      His numbers aren’t looking too good, I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see him until September.

  2. Well that is Ed Wade for you. Replacing one ex-Phillie with another.

    • I know I couldn’t help but notice he replaced an ex-Phillie with another,

    • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

      why was it the phillies selected him but the astros nabbed him , like the phillies were some how caught unaware or off guard , that somebody they really didnt have a use for got picked off scrap heap , had to bring this up every time i see your name i think of Lindros

  3. bigpat 4 years ago

    That WHIP can’t be pretty, yikes.

  4. Mets should pick him up. Virtually no pitching depth right now.

    • alphakira 4 years ago

      Agreed. He’s more of a AAAA pitcher, but considering that’s basically what the Mets are right now, it’s a good fit. Wouldn’t mind seeing him back in a Mets uniform.

  5. kimofromkauai 4 years ago

    Figueroa might still have something in the tank in a fly ball pitcher friendly park on the west coast; like LA, SD, SF, Sea, or Oak. I think he can still contribute in those situations.

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